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Remembering a Prince

Not many people know that Prince Rogers Nelson grew up in a Methodist church in Minnesota.  Rather, this individual who pop culture came to know simply as Prince was an icon in the music industry.  While there are several memorable songs the world will remember, Purple Rain became to Prince like Thriller was for Michael Jackson.

Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6.

Unfortunately, fame and fortune can took a toll on the human soul.  Although autopsy reports are not complete, some in the media are speculating Prince’s death may have resulted due to an addiction to drugs.  When tragedy takes the life of a star, there is a tendency to reflect upon the legacy of a person rather than what led to their downfall.  Therefore, unless you learn from history, people will continue to make the same mistakes time after time.

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise, Proverbs 20:1.

After a while, some longer than others, the mourning process for Prince will end.  Thus, as people will go back to partying like its 1999, make sure you don’t become ensnared.  Rather,  take a page out of the Bible, be sober and alert so that you will escape an addiction that drags many down to the grave.  As the world says goodbye to an earthly Prince, make sure you don’t forget about the Prince of Peace, waiting to embrace those who call upon His name.

by Jay Mankus

 

 

The HEART of the Matter

Recently, the media has been quick to jump to conclusions, especially when current events align with liberal talking points.  The recent feeding frenzy began following a church shooting during a Bible Study at a Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sadly, nine dead African Americans are being used as a political pawn to accomplish a specific agenda, ban the Confederate Flag.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of, Luke 6:45.

Since June 17, the night of these murders, anyone who displays, owns or doesn’t condemn this flag has been labeled an accessory to this hate crime.  Afraid of negative press, P.G.A. star Bubba Watson decided to paint over the flag on his General Lee, Nascar offered fans attending the July 4th weekend race at Daytona American flags in exchange for Confederate ones and several in the south have removed this symbol from state buildings and court houses.  While this act of terror on Christians is an awful tragedy, the human heart is the main culprit not a flag.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9

During debates with religious leaders and discussions with his own twelve disciples, Jesus proclaimed that what comes out of a man or woman makes them unclean.  Hearts set on evil are like ticking time bombs ready to explode.  Whether killers display a Confederate flag or swastika, acts are conceived by angry hearts according to Jesus, Matthew 5:21-22.  There will always be opinions which have some valid points.  However, owning the Confederate flag doesn’t make you anti-Christian or anti-black.  Rather, those who are raised and taught to embrace bigotry are planting seeds of evil for future actions.  May those filled with hatred receive a spiritual heart transplant to insure future attacks will cease.

by Jay Mankus

 

 

More Than Just A Saint

Nestled on the edge of southern New Castle County lies the quaint town of St. George’s.  As the construction of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal began in 1823, this community was divided in two with the majority of the buildings now located north of the C & D Canal.  While only a few blocks in diameter, the name’s founder of this town was more than just a saint.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation, Mark 16:15.

George Whitfield was born in Gloucester, England in December of 1714.  An educated man, Whitfield attended Pembroke College before meeting the Wesley brother’s, founders of the Methodist Church at Oxford University.  As the first Great Awakening began to spread, Whitfield traveled to America to play his part.  Preaching a series of sermons at tent revivals in Delaware, large crowds flocked to hear George Whitfield speak at Pike Creek and what is now St. George’s.  These messages transformed the spiritual climate of Delaware, giving birth to churches throughout New Castle County.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth, 2 Timothy 2:15.

Today, the amphitheater upon which Whitfield spoke is gone, leveled during construction of the C & D Canal.  However, his legacy continues in the form of a new school that bears his name.  St. George’s Vocational Technical High School stands about a mile southwest of St. George’s.  Although most students are likely unaware of this saint, history has not forgotten the passion that George Whitfield preached with, winning over founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin.  Just as Paul Harvey ended each of his programs, it’s fitting to say “now you know the rest of the story about St. George’s.

by Jay Mankus

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